Amazon Studios has released the first photo from their upcoming feature film The Aeronauts, which stars Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). The two previously worked together on The Theory of Everything, and this next project looks and sounds great!
The story revolves around a young widow and a scientist who embark on a journey to fly higher in a hot air balloon than anyone ever has.
The film is being directed by Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) from a script written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wonder, Radioactive). Here's the synopsis:
Set in 1862, THE AERONAUTS follow wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and ambitious scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other - and themselves - that help them find their place in the world they have left behind.
Producer Todd Lieberman went on to say that they will be doing as much real hot air ballooning as possible and that the photo you see above was taken after the two actors soared to 2,000 feet in the air!
"A top priority for us on The Aeronauts is authenticity. With that in mind, we intend to do as much balloon filming in the sky as the weather will allow. This image was taken after we launched Felicity and Eddie 2,000 feet in the air, performing their scripted scene, while a helicopter captured it all. We’re fortunate that Felicity and Eddie have the nerve to do these stunts themselves as it authenticates our entire approach."
The movie also stars Tom Courtenay (45 Years), Anne Reid (The Last Tango in Halifax), Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), Vincent Perez (Riviera), Tim McInnerny (Game of Thrones), Phoebe Fox (The Hollow Crown) and Himesh Patel.